GreeneStreet says "Yes" to Potter's Latest
by Brian Brooks
GreeneStreet Films announced it has acquired worldwide rights to "Orlando" director Sally Potter's latest project, "Yes." The film, which GreeneStreet describes as "a passionate love affair between a married American scientist and a Lebanese cook living in exile in London," began principal photography on April 14th in London.
The New York-based film and television production and finance company's John Penotti and Cedric Jeanson will represent the film next month in Cannes. "As the financier, we'll control the sale of the film and setting up domestic distribution on down the ladder," said Penotti in a conversation with indieWIRE. Penotti continued to say he's been a fan of Potter since his earliest days in film and praised her screenplay for "Yes." "Sally has written a very compelling and unique story. The use of these particular actors and very 'curious' dialog is compelling."
"Yes" stars three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Simon Abkarian ("Ararat") as the two lovers, with Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park") appearing as Allen's husband and Shirley Henderson ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") as the "all-knowing cleaner." The U.K. Film Council's New Cinema Fund is partially financing the project, and Vicki Cherkas and Cedric Jeanson negotiated the deal on behalf of GreeneStreet Films.
Potter won acclaim in 1993 for her Oscar-nominated adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando." Since then, she has directed "The Tango Lesson" (1997), which received a BAFTA nomination and "The Man Who Cried" (2001).
GreeneStreet Films' production of "Uptown Girls" by Boaz Yakin (formerly known as Molly Gunn), starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning will be released by MGM in August, and the company is also working on other undisclosed projects as well.
The company's past credits include five-time Academy Award nominee "In the Bedroom" by Todd Field, and Leon Ichaso's "Pinero."